Chicago man dies after wrong-way head-on crash at Route 45/52 near Manteno

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MANTENO – A man is dead after a head-on collision on Route 45/52 near Manteno. 

According to reports, the crash happened around 9:44 pm Thursday when a 32-year-old Chicago Heights man’s 2010 Black Nissan Altima hit a 2008 Black Saturn Vue of 64-year old Rosalyn King of Elwood. Illinois State Police District 21 says the Altima was headed southbound in a northbound lane on the road near 9000 N Road before striking the Vue head-on.

Following the crash, the Altima became fully engulfed in flames trapping the driver inside.  The driver of the Vue came to a rest in a ditch.  The man driving the Altima was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. King was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All lanes out Route 45/52 were shut down shortly after the crash and reopened just before 2 am Friday.

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